Bust out that map!
New York is our neighbor so we always drive to and around this lovely state. The highways and roads are easy to navigate and the scenery is almost always lovely.
When I was going to College in Purchase, NY I always took the MetNorth trains that arrive in and leave from Grand Central Station in New York City. They dropped me in White Plains and then I would either call for a ride or take the BeeLine buses back to my apt. All pretty comprehensible, but I must say I am glad I have my car!Related to:
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ENJOY ALL THE WONDERFUL BRIDGES
If there is one thing New York State has a lot of, it's toll bridges. Just about every where a bridge cross the Hudson River you will find a toll bridge. Most of these bridges are quite beautiful to look at and they offer great views of the Hudson River Valley. Some you can even walk across, for example The Brooklyn Bridge and the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Tolls for the bridges above NYC are $1.00, the tolls for the bridges from the Tapanzee Bridge south start at $2.25. You can access the links below for historical and traffic information on the various New York State Bridges. I'll also be posting information on the various bridges as I visit them on my pages. Enjoy.Related to:
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Hudson River by Paddlewheeler
I'd so often seen the Hudson, and crossed the Hudson, but had never actually been ON the Hudson River, until I'd been on the River Rose.
The River Rose is a New Orleans paddlewheeler which was brought up the Atlantic coastline to the Hudson River. Now, she runs cruises out of Newburgh, NY.
On our cruise, we paddled south of Newburgh, past Breakneck and Storm King mountains, in sight of Bannerman's Castle down to Cold Spring, where we turned and made our leisurely way back. It was the perfect way to spend a warm autumn day, just cruising the river, cold drinks and cameras in hand.Related to:
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Hudson River Cruises
The Beautiful Hudson Valley is wonderful to see from the River and there are lots of chances to do just that as in the River has lots of Cruise ships. And all along the River there are place to catch a Hudson cruse boat. The oldest the MV commander built in 1917.
May 1st through October, the M.V. Commander cruises on the Hudson river from West Haverstraw, West Point and Peekskill
Fares vary depending on the particular cruise, but range from $12 to $24 for adults and $10 to $22 for senior citizens and children.
Metro North Train Hudson River
The train system in metropolitan NY is pretty bleak if you are use to Trains in Europe or Japan but it is wonderful for those of us who live outside the city and want a way in without facing all the traffic. The Metro North Train along the Hudson River is in fact quite a nice trip in all season, In the fall the colors are beautiful in the winter with all the leaves gone one has a beautiful view of the palisades and Storm King and Bear mountain on the west side of the Hudson river. Metro-North is a suburban commuter rail to New York City from up north or as the NYC crowd likes to say up state. The trains run to NYC from Wassaic, Poughkeepsie, Port Jervis, and Spring Valley, and in from Connecticut ithey come from New Canaan, Danbury, Waterbury, and New Haven.Related to:
Ferry across Lake Champlain
We took the ferry at Plattsburgh, Ny across Lake Champlain to the King Street Dock in Burlington, NY. This trip took 12 minutes. You can check their schedule at their web site.
We left on a Sunday morning and found everything efficient and quick. There was hardly any wait at all.
They did not take credit cards - cash only! The cost was $8.50 for the car and driver and $3.25 for an additional passenger. Not only was this the quickest ferry across Lake Champlain but it saved us a drive all the way to the top of the state and then back down Grand Isle.
With a size of over 140,000 km² New York State is even larger than Greece. The best way to get around is by car. Train just connects major cities and even the bus does not serve all towns. "New York Thruway" (Highway 90) connects east and west. When you enter the Highway you get a ticket and when you get off you have to pay at the toll booth. You will be charged by $14,00 for a complete ride from east to west.
Route 73 and 9N
Get off interstate 87 and follow Route 73 north and then on to Route 9N into the Adirondacks. You will come along the scenic Cascade Lake and Chapel Pond and you will cross several times the Ausable River. When the water level is low stop here and try to jump from rock to rock. Be aware that some of the rocks might be slippery - so do not take precious things with you. I do not recommend to take a bath in the river - the fast flowing water is very clear but also extremely cold.Related to:
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WHICH ROUTE 9 EXACTLY DO YOU NEED
So once you travel outside of NYC, you are gonna need a car. Mostly the highways are rather easy to navigate, that is until you reach the hudson valley. Once here you had better make sure you have the route 9 that you want. On any given day, I travel on 3 of the route 9's, that is 9W, 9G and 9. There is also 9D, 9N ecetera. So if you stop for directions and someone tells ya, head on out over to route 9 ask which one or else you could land yourself on over in no man's land with an empty tank of gas.Related to:
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We were surprised to find that some of the subways shut down late at night - even in Time Square. We had to find another station to get on and then figure out how to get to the correct line.
It was really helpful that we managed to get a map of the subway and all transportation before going.
New York (state) D O T
The New York State Department of Transportation website for automobiles is shown below. You can use it but you must have much patience because things are not organized for tourists and are scattered over many links.
The TRAVELINFONY links are useful for realtime information of road conditions due to traffic, weather, accidents, detours, construction.
The ROADWORKS section provides links to planned changes to routes and plans for future construction. It is spilt up into links by area so you may have to hit many links to get your whole route.
There is a link to a New York sponsored tourism site which is quite useful.
There are links to miscellaneous road information like distance calculations and EZpass procurement to speed up toll booth transit time.
They have links for safety information and rules of the road and bridge and thruway specific data. Rest areas are also indicated for the major highways.
Much of the information that a tourists needs is in the DOT pages, you just have to hunt for it.Related to:
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River Rose Brunch Cruise
What we liked:
The dock area in Newburgh, N.Y. has really been built up and is very neat and clean. There is a long paved walkway right along the river (kind of like the harbor area in Baltimore on a much smaller scale) with lots of little shops and outdoor restaurants. It was a perfect day for boating and the scenery was just beautiful. I love this river. The boat is an old paddle one which has been updated and runs by motor, but the paddles still turn. There are two levels with a bar on each floor. The upper level is nicer, more airy, with intimate little tables. The lower level is really for larger parties where they have long banquet tables. Each level has it's own deck for viewing and feeling the wind in your face. The lower one is covered, the upper, open. Smoking is allowed outside on these decks, which is very unusual, but it didn't bother us one bit.
What we didn't:
They crammed way too many banquet tables on the lower deck and it was hard to move around. They weren't very organized with the limited space they had. There were a few food stations but it was confusing as to where the line started. It was such a tight squeeze they should have known any line at all would be uncomfortable. They should have had one table at a time get up and go through the line. The food was not very good and not very hot either. It certainly was not worth what we paid. It was a tad above K & W (cafeteria). When I went to get some coffee the apple juice dispenser was leaking, drip, drip, drip and it splattered up on my leg. The drinks were priced too high, but aren't they all? The ladies room REALLY needs updating. I saw PEELING PAINT on the wall and cigarette burns on the sink!! (no smoking allowed inside so why is that, I wonder?) There were several signs instructing one how to...flush the toilet. Please, just fix it.
They have a sightseeing tour for $16.00, which is definitely worth it, but we won't do the brunch again.Related to:
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This website link gives you a glimpse at the traffic in various major highways in New York.
There is a map of the state with little icons indicating video cameras. You click on one of those cameras in an area of interest and it shows a close-up map of the cameras in that area.
Click on one of the camera icons in the close-up map and you get a snapshot of the traffic in that area 5 minutes ago.
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Snow Plows are Out When The Weather is Bad
When the weather gets bad, and the snow starts flying (which it tends to do ALL OF THE TIME in the winter), the snow plows are usually out.
This is at least true on the more traveled roads.
If you live in "god's country" or
the "boondocks", they are a much rarer sight.
This can make for somedangerous travel in bad weather conditions.Related to:
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the size of new york state and geography..
New York state is not a small state.It includes several very large cities and metropolitan areas, like Buffalo,Syracuse,Rochester and Albany. There are many rural and mountainess areas as well. There is plenty of water in New York state. This water includes shoreline on the Atlantic ocean, many lakes and streams and some very substantial Rivers including the Hudson. New York has shoreline on the Great Lakes,including lake Ontario and Lake Erie. Cold winters with snow and warm or hot summers are the rule. There is precipitation all year round..Related to:
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